Fonds 36 - Archaeological and Geological Reconnaissance of Alberta, Mackenzie Valley, and the Upper Yukon fonds

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Archaeological and Geological Reconnaissance of Alberta, Mackenzie Valley, and the Upper Yukon fonds

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  • 1937-1938 (Creation)
    Archaeological and Geological Reconnaissance of Alberta, Mackenzie Valley, and the Upper Yukon

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257 photographs : b&w prints
6 cm of textual material

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In September of 1937 Alden Hayes and Wesley L. Bliss began an archaeological and geological survey in Alberta for the University of New Mexico with the cooperation of the Department of Geology, University of Alberta. An expedition was then organized to work in the Mackenzie River basin, from the Sikanni River in British Columbia to the Arctic, and from there into the upper Yukon system of the Bell and Porcupine Rivers to Fort Yukon. This 1938 expedition was funded by the American Philosophical Society and the University of New Mexico. Its members included: Alden Hayes, Douglas Osborne, Joseph Maloney, Thomas Cain, Richard Hayes, and was led by Wesley Bliss.

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This fonds consists of photographs and text from the Archaeological and Geological Reconnaissance expedition that surveyed archaeological sites in Alberta, the Mackenzie Valley and the Upper Yukon, as well as the expedition journals and notes of Wesley Bliss, Joseph Maloney, Douglas Osborne, Thomas Cain, and [Alden?] Hayes. The photographs include images of archaeological sites and the communities of Fort Good Hope, Shingle Point (Yukon) and Aklavik.

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      An article on the expedition by Wesley Bliss can be found in "The American Philosophical Society Year Book 1938", and one by Douglas Osborne in "American Antiquity" Vol. 18, No.1, 1952, pp. 30-39.

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